India and France strengthen cooperation in the Indian Ocean

New defense cooperation agreements have been signed between India and France. In fact, Paris and New Delhi have announced that the two countries will work together to produce helicopters and submarines for the Indian armed forces and friendly countries.

Written by NP – Sunday, January 28, 2024, 9:03 am

© X (formerly Twitter) / @Elysee

As a reminder, Emmanuel Macron was the guest of honor of the Indian Republic on the occasion of Republic Day at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The roadmap contains nine cooperation documents and specifically envisages the production of helicopters and submarines for the Indian armed forces and friendly countries, with France being India's second largest arms supplier after Russia.

India and France have also confirmed their intention to continue their surveillance missions in the southwest Indian Ocean, particularly over Réunion, where operations were carried out in 2020 and 2022.

The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding for enhanced partnership in the space sector between Arianespace and NewSpace India Limited. In addition to the military sector, framework agreements in the scientific and technological sectors were also signed. The French President also promised that France would create the necessary conditions to attract as many as 30,000 Indian students per year to higher education.